There’s really nothing conventional about electric automaker Tesla. Chief among the oddities is its CEO’s tendency to discuss future product publicly. This time Elon Musk’s unconventional nature has yielded us some tidbits of information regarding the upcoming Tesla Model Y vehicle.
During the company’s recent earnings call, Musk referenced some of the company’s future plans in an effort to further wet the appetite of investors. When mentioning the Model Y, Musk confirmed the vehicle will ride on an all-new platform. This news comes as a bit of a surprise as rumors had originally stated the Model Y would share its platform with the upcoming Model 3 sedan.
The Model Y is expected to be a compact crossover, similar in size to the Model 3. In addition to the new platform, Musk also confirmed the Model Y will feature the controversial falcon wing doors that are found on the larger Model X.
Musk rounded out the Model Y discussion by asserting that it could begin production by 2019. The timeline seems reasonable given the Model 3 will be a mature product by then. That, of course, is assuming the Model 3 launches on time without a hitch.
Speaking of the Model 3; Musk told investors on the earnings call that it is slated to begin production in July. Both Model 3 and Model Y are pivotal products for the company to achieve its goal of moving 1 million vehicles by the year 2020.